When the phenomenon of the netbook first hit there is little doubt it was disruptive, it really shook the market place up. The majority of netbooks too advantage of a Linux based OS to keep the price as low as possible.
This was an amazing opportunity to really drastically change peoples OS habits, if they could be shown that Linux is actually just as useful as the OS they (at least technically) have to pay for, it could well influence their future OS decisions for their desktops and laptops. It also meant that manufacturers were forced to write linux drivers for their hardware, which can only be a good thing.
However, Microsoft were unlikely to take this lying down. I had hoped that if Linux could get enough momentum during those first months, then it would be unstoppable, but it seems that we have lost that battle. Februarys figures show that 96% of netbooks now ship with Windows on them.
This is a truly Epic Fai. I think we all need to take a good hard look at how and why such an opportunity was squandered, then in the unlikely event that we ever have another opportunity like this, then maybe, just maybe, the results could be different
I’d be interested in your thoughts on this, please leave me some feedback